"I've killed a lot, and if I need to I'll kill a whole bunch more"

A St. Louis County police officer was removed from active duty Friday after a video surfaced in which he boasted of being “a killer.” Officer Dan Page, a 35-year member of the force and a military veteran, was placed in an administrative position pending an internal investigation, a police department spokesman said. Local law enforcement has been criticized for its handling of protests in Ferguson, Mo., after an officer killed an unarmed black teen Aug. 9.

In the video, Page is seen addressing a St. Louis chapter of the Oath Keepers, a conservative group of former servicemen, saying, “I’m also a killer. I’ve killed a lot, and if I need to I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me.” Page also directed some of his bizarre and rambling remarks at Obama, claiming he had traveled to Kenya to see “where that illegal alien who claims to be my undocumented president lives at.” He went on to make disparaging comments about Muslims and expressed the view that the U.S. was about to collapse. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar apologized for the comments, calling them “bizarre.” In a statement he said that while Page “has never been involved in an officer-involved shooting, the statements made about killing are unacceptable and not what we are about as a department.”